North East Wales

Quarry plans at Graianrhyd and Llay prompt residents' concern

Plans affecting two separate quarries in north east Wales have prompted concern from residents about traffic increases.

One firm is trying to obtain an Environment Agency permit for a soil and aggregates recycling facility at the quarry at Llay, near Wrexham.

It comes as concerns have been voiced in a Denbighshire village about plans to use lorries to import material to restore a quarry in Graianrhyd.

Decisions on both have yet to be made.

In the village of Graianrhyd, near Llanarmon yn Ial, the operator wants to import about 95,000 tonnes a year into Maes Y Droell quarry as part of its restoration after over 100 years of quarrying.

It anticipates recycling some of the material and using the majority of the inert material to in-fill the land while sand quarrying continues at the site.

Denbighshire councillors have yet to formally consider the plans but residents told the Daily Post newspaper that increasing traffic to the site would affect village life.

A spokesperson for the firm G & K Edwards said plans include creating a more suitable access road.

Lorry fears

In Wrexham, residents in Llay are calling for more details about plans at Ballswood Quarry.

Llay councillor Malcolm Taylor said residents are concerned DP Williams Holdings want to use the quarry for landfill and they are also worried about increases in lorries using the site.

Wrexham council says the authority was approached by the Environment Agency regarding the operator's bid to obtain a permit to use the site to import and recycle soil from other sites.

A council spokesman said: "We have responded and informed the Environment Agency that we have requested a planning application from the company involved."

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas said: "I have met people in Llay already who have told me of their concerns about what is proposed, and have raised those concerns with the company involved and suggested they meet with residents and with me to discuss their plans."

DP Williams Holdings, which has been asked to comment, told the Leader newspaper that no landfill developments are taking place.

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